July 29th, 2020
This past Saturday, July 25th, Liberty Pierce achieved a bowling milestone. Liberty, who is just 17 years-old, hit a strike 12 consecutive times to score a perfect 300 game. What started off as a typical day, quickly turned into one she would remember for a lifetime. Liberty came to MaxBowl-Humble Saturday morning to bowl with her youth league. Bowling the first few strikes, she did not think much of what was coming. It wasn’t until the “8th frame [she] began to feel anxious.” Many bowlers who have come this far, can agree that finishing the job is the challenge. At this time, with so much on the line, you must learn to control your nerves and make good shots under pressure. “Don’t be nervous, you’ve already come this far, just throw it like it was your first,” her Dad told her. With that advice, Liberty was then “focused [and] determined,” to accomplish her goal. She continued “going with the motion and [the 300] just kind of happened.” She ended up bowling 23 strikes in a row that day. Liberty celebrated her achievement with “lots of hugs, tears and Mexican food.”
Adding this accomplishment to her resume, we asked her “what is your favorite thing about MaxBowl-Humble?” She replied by saying, “the openness. It’s not dark or dingy like bowling alleys you typically come across.” She also gave a shout out to MaxBowl’s Vice President of Operations, Doug Davidson. “I love that Doug is very supportive of the youth leagues. He even came to the state tournament to support us.”
Liberty started bowling around the age of four. For Liberty, bowling was not a sport that just coincidentally fell into her lap. In fact, she has an entire family history of bowlers. Liberty believes that “bowling is in [her] blood.” She was exposed to bowling at a very young age. Both of her parents worked at a bowling alley, so she was, “there all the time.” Her brothers were fans of the sport as well, so she had a lot of immediate support. Last year, her Grandmother won the Women’s National Tournament. Her Great Grandmother bowled until her late 70s. For Liberty, the sport is generational. Liberty was first introduced to the competitive side of bowling around the age of nine, where she joined “some Saturday morning leagues.” She then continued her passion for the game by joining her middle school team. She now “practices at least three days a week.” Currently, Liberty bowls on three teams: Youth Bowling, Teen Masters and her High School team. We asked her, “what is your favorite thing about bowling,” to which she replied, “the interaction. With bowling, you have teammates who support you and you get to support them. You really become a family with the people you meet and see all the time.” Liberty will be entering her senior year of high school and looks forward to what her future holds.
This coming weekend, Liberty will be bowling in the Teen Masters Tournament in Richmond, Virginia. We asked if she had any pre game rituals to which she replied, “I just stretch and go for it.” We then asked her if she had any go-to bowling snacks. “I don’t have one, but I’m superstitious. I will not eat donuts before a game, I’ve had bad luck with them in the past.” The MaxBowl Family wishes Liberty and the Teen Masters good luck on their weekend in Virginia!
It is clear that rolling a perfect game is not an easy task. During our interview, she offered a few words of encouragement to new bowlers: “It’ll be hard at first, but that’s the fun part. As long as they keep practicing and put their heart into it they’ll love the sport.”
Liberty would like to give a special shoutout to her coaches: Wes Pierce, Brad Bowman, Cass Mize, Coach Kevin, Chris Desko and Joe Gage. “They have had a great impact in my bowling career.”
MaxBowl-Humble is lucky to be a part of this amazing accomplishment! We wish Liberty the best!